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Old February 25th, 2008, 02:40 PM   #1
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MISC | How far can you travel by standard gauge rail?

Imagine you have a vehicle with steel wheels 1435mm apart, which can travel wherever it likes without worrying about track access, signalling etc. What's the longest journey you can take (in terms of linear distance between start and end points - no going round and round in loops!)?
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Old February 25th, 2008, 07:34 PM   #2
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Probably between the southern tip of Mexico and one of the endpoints in northern Quebec.
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Old February 25th, 2008, 10:22 PM   #3
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Probably between the southern tip of Mexico and one of the endpoints in northern Quebec.
When the Istanbul tunnel will be completed: from Scotland to Bam (Iran)?
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Old March 2nd, 2008, 06:13 PM   #4
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you can do a pretty decent trip here from Perth (or Kwinana) Western Australia ... via Tarcoola, South Australia, to Darwin, Northern Territory, or through Port Augusta & Sydney to Brisbane, Queensland.

Certainly not the lomgest SG route in the world, but almost 5,000 km, without crossing a national border: I could add a couple of thousand km, but they're narrow gauge (3' 6") so you'll have to resize your axles.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 08:27 PM   #5
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In Argentina, 1.200 Kms, from Buenos Aires City yo Posadas City, in the border to Paraguay



Departing from Federico Lacroze Station


crossing the "zarate - brazo largo" bridge over the Parana River
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Old March 5th, 2008, 09:57 AM   #6
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If you include the Istanbul tunnel, then Narvik, Norway to Bam, Iran should be almost 7000 km. (rough estimating using google earth). Not sure if anywhere can beat that.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 10:36 AM   #7
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The Marmaray tunnel in Istanbul is still u/c, so we'll have to wait some years.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 05:17 PM   #8
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0km by standard gauge, but by broad gauge aroung 8000km or more.(Tallinn-Vladivostok)
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Old March 6th, 2008, 12:10 AM   #9
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using route Thurso - Zürich - Beograd - Athens is 4726 km
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Old March 6th, 2008, 03:27 PM   #10
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When the Istanbul tunnel will be completed: from Scotland to Bam (Iran)?
Will Scotland - Istambul be longer than Sevilla - Istambul ?
In 2009, it will be possible to cross Spain from Figueras to Sevilla.
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Old March 7th, 2008, 07:48 AM   #11
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Will Scotland - Istambul be longer than Sevilla - Istambul ?
In 2009, it will be possible to cross Spain from Figueras to Sevilla.
Istanbul-Northern Norway is longer than either of those.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 01:31 AM   #12
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The longest current Standard gauge journey you could make in Europe is from Narvik to Kiato in Greece. This is 5905km.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 02:24 AM   #13
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Don't forget Canada

How about VIA rail? 6000 miles from Vancouver to Halifax. I love train trips, but that one would need a sleeper and lots of time off work.
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0km by standard gauge, but by broad gauge aroung 8000km or more.(Tallinn-Vladivostok)
That's it.
Standard gauge is interesting for long distance travel in America, but for european long distances broad gauge is more interesting.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 10:41 AM   #15
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Now if only there were a standard gauge track between China and Iran, it would be possible to travel from Hanoi all the way to Europe...
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Old June 12th, 2009, 03:14 PM   #16
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Not from Hanoi, there is no standard gauge there.
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Not from Hanoi, there is no standard gauge there.
But dual gauge is also count in right?
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Old June 12th, 2009, 11:01 PM   #18
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In North America, theoretically, it would be between Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico and Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. I am not sure of the total distance involved.

Note, there is a line to Deese Lake, BC that was partially graded, but it was never finished. Also, the standard-gauge/AAR 'Type E' coupler Alaska Railroad is isolated from the rest of North America railroad network and interchanges with it using a carfloat barge service between Whittier, AK and Seattle, WA (and maybe another port or two).

If a Bering Strait railroad tunnel is ever developed, it would likely connect to the railroad network in North America via that uncompleted Deese Lake line.

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Old June 13th, 2009, 01:36 AM   #19
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"How about VIA rail? 6000 miles from Vancouver to Halifax. I love train trips, but that one would need a sleeper and lots of time off work."

That can't be right, the Trans Siberian railway is less than 6000 miles long.

When the Marmaray tunnel is opened, it will be possible to go from Narvik to Umm Qasr in Iraq via standard gauge. This will be approximately 8000km.

"Now if only there were a standard gauge track between China and Iran, it would be possible to travel from Hanoi all the way to Europe..."

They need to build a railway around Lake Van too.

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Old June 13th, 2009, 01:43 AM   #20
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Belarusian Railroad doesn't use a gauge of 1435 mm :P

So I'll beter ride my bicycle

Upd. Oh, if I use 1520mm gauge, I can ride from Brest (Belarus) through Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine to the east if Russia, i. e. Vladivostok...

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